Indonesia: Help for street children
Family problems and poverty force children to take to the streets. Our partner Kampus Diakonia Modern (KDM) runs a project to find a way out for street children.Learn more
In Indonesia we currently support some 2,840 children in six projects. We have worked in Indonesia since 1978 and now work with six partner organisations that have in-depth knowledge of the needs of local populations. This allows us to increase the effectiveness of our programmes in each region.
In Indonesia, many families live on less than two dollars a day. Although the country signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, children's rights are inadequately respected.
We therefore support projects that strengthen these rights, for example, by counselling services for girls and boys and by paving the way for street children to lead a normal life. Working with our partners, we also combat child trafficking and the sexual exploitation of young people.
On the island of Nias, our Action!Kidz campaign has turned into a major project to combat exploitative child labour.
An important area of focus is the support for street children and working children. Despite mandatory education, many girls and boys have to work under exploitative conditions. Close cooperation with parents, employers, and school authorities is urgently needed to make it possible for children to acquire a suitable education. Large urban areas like Jakarta and Medan serve as rallying points for street children from across Indonesia. Our partners support the children with alternative education programmes and help them reintegrate into society and families.
In the wake of the country's many natural disasters, Kindernothilfe also works with local partners in providing urgent medical care and structural disaster and reconstruction aid. Local self-help groups play an important role in this context.
Sources: World Factbook, United Nations